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I live only to serve Him, only to commune with Him. I have no conception of life apart from Him.
– J. B. Lightfoot
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Unless men see a beauty and delight in the worship of God, they will not do it willingly.
– John Owen
The widow was almost a symbol of helplessness. She was in no position to bribe the judge and she had no protector to put pressure on him. She was armed with nothing but the fact that right was evidently on her side and her own persistence.
– Leon Morris
Let us leave the whole passage with a deep sense of the great encouragement it affords to all who feel their sins, and cry to God for mercy in Christ's name. Their sins may have been many and great. Their prayers may seem weak, faltering, unconnected, and poor. But let them remember the tax-collector, and take courage. That same Jesus who commended his prayer is sitting at the right hand of God to receive sinners. Then let them hope and pray on.
– J. C. Ryle
God is none other than the Savior of our wretchedness. So we can only know God well by knowing our iniquities... Those who have known God without knowing their wretchedness have not glorified Him, but have glorified themselves.
– Blaise Pascal
If sinful humans will diligently search for lost material items, how might God act when a human, created in his image and of incalculable value, has been lost? And if sinful humans will rejoice and celebrate when a lost material item is found, what kind of delightful festivities might God plan when a lost human of incalculable value has been found?
What Jesus’ story says is that we have to get over thinking of our service in terms of debt or obligation, and instead learn to serve in the spirit of the son who serves because he loves the father, rather than in the spirit of the hireling who serves only for his wages.
– James Boice
If Jesus, the Lord of Love and Author of Grace spoke about hell more often, and in a more vivid, blood-curdling manner than anyone else, it must be a crucial truth.
– Tim Keller
He is a portion that exactly and directly suits the condition of the soul. The desires of the soul, and the necessities of the soul, and the wants of the soul, and the longings of the soul, and the prayers of the soul. The soul can crave nothing, nor wish for nothing, but what is to be found in Christ. He is light to enlighten the soul, wisdom to counsel the soul, power to support the soul, goodness to supply the soul, mercy to pardon the soul, beauty to delight the soul, glory to ravish the soul, and fullness to fill the soul.
– Thomas Brooks
For where God built a church, there the devil would also build a chapel.
– Martin Luther
This parable teaches us both patience and hope. We need patience because some of the seeds we sow will never produce the fruit we hope for. But others will produce one hundred times more than we expect. And this is why we preach and pray and keep on sowing the Word. There is good soil out there even though it’s not always easy to find. - Ray Pritchard
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Jesus' satisfaction in the resurrection is looking out on a great assembly of people from every race and tribe and language and nation who have trusted him and been forgiven and justified. And with tremendous joy he walks among them now and in the ages to come – a people "great" and "strong”. And he divides the spoil of his triumphs with them all. This is what he loves to do. This is his satisfaction. He delights to save.
– John Piper
The last of the central characters to leave the stage is Naomi- perhaps an indication that, all along, the story has been about her life. In this last glimpse of Naomi she is sitting with Boaz’s and Naomi’s son Obed in her arms. He is a ‘handful’ for his once empty-handed grandmother!
– Sinclair Ferguson